Jan started the day with a loosen up exercise by having each of us stare into another’s eyes…while drawing a charcoal portrait with the hand you would not normally be drawing with …needless to say the kindergarten sketches on the hall wall were suddenly looking pretty good.
Abstract Painting – Where to Start? (oils/acrylics)
Jan Cristaudo is often asked – “Where do you start?” At our July workshop Jan will show us how to create an abstract painting. Bring along a photo (or two) of something that is meaningful to you – of an image you would like to abstract. Colour is the first thing Jan sees, then comes shape and form. She thinks about how she felt or what she was feeling at the time the photo was taken (or sketch was drawn) and then she begins to cover the canvas.
Jan demonstrated for us at our August general meeting last year and showed us some of her fabulous work – check it out on her website www.jancristaudo.com.au
If working on a table: a canvas about 50cmx50cm or thereabouts.
If working at an easel: you can go larger up to about 90cmx90cm or whatever is comfortable. (With the smaller canvases, maybe two if you like)
Paints can be oils or acrylics.
Containers for water
Containers for odourless solvent if using oils
Brushes – variety in sizes
Couple of plain pieces of paper to draw on.
A photo or picture which then can be abstracted. It’s good if it is somewhere or something that has some meaning to the artist.
Note: tables are provided but if you wish to work at an easel you will need to bring your own.)
About Jan Cristaudo
Jan lives on the Pittwater peninsular among Sydney’s beautiful beaches. the use of colour is her preferred methjod of expression and she has a distinctive style using oils on canvas to interpret the subjects that inspire her. Jan has had numerous solo exhibitions and her paintings are held by individual and corporate clients.